About Us

The Society was formed in 1979 by six ringers who responded to a letter in the 'Ringing World', suggesting there must be many ringers who were Open University students.

After the six ringers responded to the letter in 1979 a quarter peal took place at Simpson, a tower within earshot of Walton Hall, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the foundation of The Open University. From then on, the membership of our Society has grown, and over the years has been about 70, with members coming and going – we still have three of those founder members amongst us. We are the oldest Society affiliated with the Students Association. The Society holds about four events a year in different parts of the country (our membership is scattered throughout the UK). We have had notable tours to the Channel Islands, Southern and Northern Ireland, as well as the Isle of Man and Brownsea and Lundy Islands. There are members who are keen to ring peals and quarter peals and these are rung on an ad hoc basis although one of our meetings is usually a quarter peal day. The Society has rung at over 1,000 towers to date, including Liverpool, Coventry, and Lincoln Cathedrals, but we aim to ring within the capability of the band and welcome new members and visitors to our meetings. Most of all we have fun and make good friends. In 2019 we celebrated 40 years since our foundation with a Ringing Day in the Bedford area. Our members rang the bells at six churches during the day, followed by a dinner in the evening at Chicheley Hall, near Newport Pagnell, with guest speaker Alan Regin MBE (the second leading peal ringer of all time). Full Membership of our Society is open to students, staff and alumni of the Open University, and Associate Membership to their immediate family.